FAUNA Research Alliance’s ‘Rewilding the Desert’ project ambitiously aims to return the missing wildlife of the Wimmera and restore its complex and once dynamic ecosystem to sustainability. To achieve this, we hope to build a desert conservation research centre that utilizes the unique opportunity and facilities of the three Little Dessert properties owned by Conservation Volunteers in western Victoria.
The Lodge – 110 hectares with an electrified predator exclusion fence, encloses the property, accommodation, conference room, workshop and other infrastructure
The Sanctuary – a separate 120 hectares block also enclosed by an existing electrified predator exclusion fence.
Salvana private Conservation Reserve – 1200 hectares of Mallee habitat linking the West and Central blocks of the Little Desert National Park.
If we are successful this will place Australia as a global leader in evidence-based species conservation research by:
- Reintroducing wildlife and bringing back from the brink Australia’s unique animals
Working within and beyond sanctuaries and reserves to recreate functional desert
- Nurturing an engaged community, dedicated to growing and sharing open-source
- Creating a hub of participatory, hands-on learning that purposefully connects people with